Yes, that does sound incongruous, doesn't it?
During the Super Bowl tomorrow, CBS will run a 30-second commercial sponsored by the fundamentalist group Focus on the Family. The ad will feature University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and his mother, Pam.
That alone has stirred controversy from Women's Groups and other liberal organizations.
What has been even more troublesome is CBS' decsion not to air an ad by gay-dating service ManCrunch. CBS cited inappropriate content as the reason.
I fall in with those who believe that advocacy ads have their place, and that all should have an opportunity to purchase ad space. Or else the playing field shoule be leveled against all such ads.
Back in January Michael Rowe offered a scathing opinion in Huffington Post about the troublesome implications of CBS' decision to air this ad, in light of their refusal to air ads by other groups like United Church of Christ for their inclusiveness to all people, including gays:
Chances are, the petitions to pull the Tebow ad will not affect CBS' decision to run it, and chances are, as you're enjoying your nachos and Bud Lite, or checking your office pool statistics, or letting the dog out, you will see the Anti-Abortion spot.
In the interest of free access, free speech and in honorable remembrance of the Fairness doctrine (somewhat inaccurately applied here I know but still I miss it!), below is the ad you most likely won't see.
Is anyone else as weary as I am of hearing that a kiss shared by two guys is "inappropriate" content?
Luckily, Turner Classic Movies must have heard my desperate hope for interesting alternate programming on Sunday (the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet will sustain me for only an hour or so).... and so they will be airing, at 7pm Chicago time, Federico Fellini's 1963 masterpiece "8-1/2", the inspiration for the great and terribly unappreciated film "Nine". (I'm confident that "Nine" will be re-discovered, and loved, some day.)
Check out the ManCrunch ad....It's goofy....silly....in keeping with other Super Bowl ads. It is as appropriate for the Super Bowl as the Tebow ad.